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President Donald Trump signed a proclamation late Friday, imposing an entry ban on most travelers from China amid the coronavirus outbreak. Lawful permanent residents, their immediate family members and a limited number of other travelers will be exempt. The U.S. also moved to implement mandatory quarantines of U.S. citizens returning from Hubei Province in China and said it will cancel visa appointments next week at U.S. consulates in China.
Background: The coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and double pneumonia. Thousands of people in China have been infected and some travel-related cases in the U.S. have been detected. The World Health Organization designated the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, and a number of countries are moving to impose travel and immigration restrictions to stop the virus from spreading. The U.S. State Department on Thursday urged Americans not to travel to China, and several U.S. airlines followed up by canceling flights between mainland China and the U.S.
BAL Analysis: The measures represent a dramatic escalation in the U.S. response to coronavirus. Those planning travel between the U.S. and China are urged to reconsider their plans amid growing concern about the virus and new travel restrictions. Employers and visa applicants in both China and the U.S. should expect continued delays. Employers must be prepared to be flexible with employee schedules and start dates. The response to the coronavirus is evolving rapidly, and BAL will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as information becomes available.
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